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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on December 28thwith his UAE counterpart His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid said the meeting takes place as part of the regular consultations and coordination between the two Ministers on the various regional issues and challenges and the follow-up on their bilateral relations’ progress.
Abu Zeid pointed out that the two officials reviewed the developments in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian question, as well as the situation in the African Continent and the Horn of Africa region which constitute an integral part of both the Red Sea security and the Arab national security. Talks reflected converged positions and a comprehensive understanding by both sides of the nature of the challenges facing the region, in addition to the crucial importance of coordination, cooperation and solidarity between the two countries in confronting such challenges. The two Ministers also affirmed their rejection of all forms of foreign intervention from external parties outside the region in the Arab countries’ affairs, and outlined their keenness to take common positions that would safeguard the higher interests of their two States and the Egyptian and Emirati peoples, besides enhancing Arab national security and the region’s stability.
The Spokesman added that Shoukry briefed his UAE counterpart on the latest developments with regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) file and the results of his recent visit to Addis Ababa, as he underscored the Egyptian fundamentals in this context which are directly related to Egypt’s water security. The two Ministers also discussed progress in terms of bilateral relations, and means to intensify cooperation between the two countries in all fields. They agreed that the UAE Foreign Minister would hold an upcoming visit to Egypt to complete their consultations and coordination on the regional issues and challenges of mutual interest, on the sidelines of which a businessmen forum is scheduled to support investment and enhance cooperation in economy and trade.